Expert Briefs

CFR scholars provide expert analysis and commentary on international issues.

NATO's Chicago Agenda

Author: Stewart M. Patrick

The upcoming NATO summit will include talks on the endgame in Afghanistan, a new smart defense doctrine, and bolstering global partnerships, all of it colored by fundamental questions about the role and mission of the alliance, says CFR's Stewart Patrick.

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France's High Stakes Presidential Vote

Author: Charles A. Kupchan

France's next president faces tough choices on EU integration, immigration, NATO's mission in Afghanistan, and economic reforms, says CFR's Charles Kupchan.

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No Great Firewall Will Save Europe

Author: Steven Dunaway

Talk among major economies is intensifying over a "financial firewall" to contain the eurozone crisis. But CFR's Steven Dunaway says the emphasis should be on pressing debt-saddled states to make reforms that will improve their growth prospects.

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How Afghanization Can Work

Author: Linda Robinson

What is the best way to stabilize Afghanistan at a time when international forces are scaling down commitments? Putting Afghan troops in the lead of their own counterinsurgency efforts, writes CFR's Linda Robinson.

See more in Afghanistan; Defense Strategy

Tunisia at the Crossroads

Author: Victoria Taylor

Tunisians triggered the first of the Arab world upheavals, but can they sustain support for democratic changes? CFR's Victoria Taylor says the elections for a constitutional assembly will test Tunisia's political maturity.

See more in Tunisia; Political Movements and Protests